Over the past few months a natural disaster has hit Somalia. More than 10 million people have been affected by the famine in the regions of Bakool and Lower Shabelle. It begs the question: what can be done for these people?
Peter Walker explains what humanitarian aid is and when it is indicated (doi:10.1136/sbmj.d6659). In an interview with James Barclay, James Maskalyk tells us how medical students and junior doctors can contribute to providing international aid in disaster or conflict affected areas (doi:10.1136/sbmj.d6429). As an employee of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for the past six years, he describes his experiences working in Sudan and Dadaab.
Once affected countries show signs of recovery, how do we prioritise what to do next? Eric Heyman and Seema Biswas discuss why appropriate provision of water and sanitation is essential in ensuring recovery both at an individual and at a public health level (doi:10.1136/sbmj.d6686).